‘Gyrostasis’ by Robert Smithson is an Intriguing, Suspended Curvature

WASHINGTON, DC—The title of this intriguing sculpture by Robert Smithson (1938-1973) is fitting. “Gyrostasis” refers to the type of physics associated with rotating bodies and their ability to maintain equilibrium. The Minimalist curvature is actually composed of a series of triangles.

“Gyrostasis” is on view at the Hirshhorn Museum where it is a part of the permanent collection.

Photos by Arts Observer

“Gyrostasis,” 1968 (painted steel).

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